Ok, I know the question has been posted over and over. I've not seen any real definitive information.
I recently witnessed a doctor who decided to saunter into the hospital to see a patient, and as he walked towards the patient's room he passed the nurses station and barked the question of who the patient's nurse was. Someone pointed and he used a jerky hand gesture to beckon the nurse to follow him...as one might a dog....
I've also seen a doctor walk to a nurses station and bark out the charts he needed...the charts were directly on the shelf in front of him.
I was told in nursing school to never give up your chair just because a doctor was present. I've seen nurses scramble out of the way to give a doctor their seat just because he was standing close by (and there were plenty of empty seats elsewhere)
My question is....is this not the year 2010? I sometimes feel like we're living in the 18th century.
No, really, my question is.... are doctors really our colleagues as some nurses have emphatically stated? Or are we their subordinates/pee ons ready to jump at their beck and call (and I can tell some doctors LOVE that and use it often)? I've noticed some doctors can't wait to rip into a nurse for every insignificant thing...and the nurse just stands there and takes it. So where is the line (please don't say there isn't one...there has to be an accountability line even if it's on the border of professionalism)?
I'm not a docile person, especially if there's a male barking orders at me...I tend to have a problem with that (and mind you, I understand reasonable and professionally communicated disagreements, but throwing charts..scoffing, rude language, calling names, making inappropriate references to a nurses' intelligence...I just feel like if they open the door, I have a right to slam their fingers in it ;-p )
Honest and objective opinions?
I generally don't have a problem giving a doctor my chair if it means I'll get the necessary orders for my patients quicker. I do know our hospitalists may see between 30 - 40 patients in 12 hours besides the inbetween calls. The attendings may try to round on 15 - 20 patients while still seeing a full practice load. I may even be underestimating the numbers since their beepers are constantly interrupting them as are the staff in the nursing station. However, I will not tolerate rude and unprofessional behavior either in person or on the phone. If the situation is bad enough, a report written to their peer review board will usually clip their feathers for awhile...until the next time. Generally an uninterested or annoyed look in their direction will get the point across.
As far as being on first name basis, absolutely but only in the appropriate areas. In front of patients and family I will address them by their proper title regardless of how many years we've known each other or even if we call each other "honey" outside of the hospital. I all them to address me by my first name because that is usually how the patients address me by my preference. The exception will be the residents/interns who must address us by proper titles or at least in front of the rounding attendings.
Now on the other hand, as some of the posts on this forum have been examples of, nurses are always happy to bark at a phlebotomist, environmental tech, dietary aide, new nurse or any other health care worker and team member while loosely tossing around the word "STAT" just because they can or feel they can.
Last edit by GreyGull on Aug 14, '10